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The Prisoner of MAPFRE: Justin Meram

US born of Iraqi parents, MLS star Justin Meram has temporarily withdrawn from consideration for Iraqi's national team due to Donald Trump's travel bans.

FIFA famously does not tolerate any government interfering with its national football federation. Most recently, Mali was suspended indefinitely from international play, including World Cup qualifiers, when the country’s sports minister sacked the Malian FA’s entire executive board. FIFA has always been quick to punish any such direct interference. Indirect meddling, however, is another matter, as Columbus Crew winger/Iraqi international Justin ... Read More »

Have you seen this manager? Michael Laudrup

Since Simon Pegg was allowed to make a three flavored Cornetto trilogy, I thought I’d start a milk carton series on managers who have been away from the public eye for a time but may be on a few clubs’ radar as the off-season approaches. Thus far, five familiar names have been featured. The sixth, Michael Laudrup, is a different case. Read More »

Players who changed their nationality

International football is the dream for many players around the world; it’s the pinnacle of success to represent your country. However, there’s a vast crop of players vying for limited spaces – the easiest way to secure your place is to hark back through the family tree and find an alternative nation to pledge your allegiance to. Here is a ... Read More »

CONCACAF’s Multinational World Cup Bid Ridiculous

The Canada/US/Mexico multinational World Cup bid will give fans first-hand experience with Jules Vernes Around the World in Eighty Days.

There should always be more than one way to do something. What’s more, people, if not cats, should remain open to alternative methods. I mention this because FIFA, through new president Gianni Infantino has expressed its desire to favor multinational World Cup bids in the future. In what would have seemed an extremely ridiculous response before Donald Trump was elected US President, ... Read More »

FIFA Announce Regional Allocations for 48-Nation World Cup in 2026

FIFA will profit from 48 regional allocations for the 2026 World Cup

The BBC’s Richard Conway broke the news on Thursday. FIFA and the six continental federations have agreed on regional allocations for the expanded forty-eight nation World Cup in 2026. Here is a breakdown for each continent’s allotment with thoughts on possible implications. Number of nations which will compete from each federation are in parentheses. Read More »

Wales need to try something new

Wales’ goalless draw with the Republic of Ireland last Friday night was its fourth during the World Cup qualifying campaign. Four draws in five matches is not the return many Welsh fans hoped for after their side’s remarkable success in the Euros. But, it is this very success that has blemished the Dragons’ World Cup campaign. The 5-3-2 system that wrought so much ... Read More »

Conservative Tactics Against Panama May Haunt Arena And US

Clint Dempsey's goal wasn't enough to deliver victory for a US side employing conservative tactics.

Wrapped in euphoria following the United States’ six-goal romp against Honduras, I did not fail to remember the difficulty in winning on the road in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Therefore, it was no surprise to see the US Men’s National Team struggle to a 1-1 draw in Panama on Tuesday evening. It was even less startling when mounting injuries at the ... Read More »

International football: Why have we lost interest?

As we’re all aware, the international break and the FIFA World Cup qualifiers have been in full force. It’s still several days until we get back the hold of European leagues that we all adore. Of course, there is absolutely no shortage of fans of the beautiful game, you will find them in every corner of the world. Read More »

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